Kyle Kasik ran for six touchdowns and Clarkson/Leigh’s defense dominated Stanton as the Patriots rolled to a 54-12 road victory over the Mustangs in the D1 semifinals tonight.
Seventh-seeded Clarkson/Leigh advanced to its first state championship, improving to 11-1, while No. 3 seed Stanton finished with the same record. In the final on November 21, the Patriots will meet No. 5 seed Neligh-Oakdale, which upset top-seeded North Platte St. Patrick’s 50-28 in tonight’s other D1 semifinal. Kickoff for the final is set for 2:45 p.m.
Howells-Dodge will try to win a D2 state title a year after claiming the D1 crown. The top-seeded Jaguars downed No. 12 seed Central Valley 50-12 in Howells. The Jags are 12-0, while the Cougars ended the season at 10-2.
In the D2 championship, set for November 21 at 10:15 a.m. at Memorial Stadium, Howells-Dodge will take on No. 2 seed Hitchcock County. The Falcons are also 12-0 after blanking sixth-seeded Bloomfield 48-0 in today’s other D2 semifinal.
Boone Central saw its postseason end tonight with a 40-19 loss at top-seeded Aurora in the C1 semifinals. The No. 5 seed Cardinals finished 9-3. In the C1 title game, the 12-0 Huskies will face another unbeaten team in No. 2 seed Pierce, a 45-26 winner over Adams Central tonight.